The new College Football Playoff Committee bracket results for Week 11 are in, and the Oregon Ducks have bumped Ole Miss. Oregon moving into a top-four slot in the CFB playoff bracket was largely expected after the Ducks’ 45-16 victory over the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday.
The top three spots didn’t budge in the new College Football Playoff Committee bracket results for Week 11. The Mississippi State Bulldogs, Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers maintained their first, second and third rankings from last week. Last week’s CFB playoff bracket was the first in the new ranking program’s history.
Alabama Crimson Tide fans are bound to have some beef with the Oregon Ducks assuming the fourth spot in this week’s College Football Playoff Committee bracket results. The Ducks last week ranked fifth (Ole Miss held the number four spot), while Alabama ranked sixth.
In the most recent AP poll, Auburn leapfrogged to the #3 spot, with the Alabama Crimson Tide ranking fourth and the Ducks coming in fifth. So to see the Alabama Crimson Tide below the Oregon Ducks in the new College Football Playoff Committee bracket results for Week 11 may cause confusion.
With that said, the Tide essentially control their own fate for the rest of the year. The SEC is bound to beat itself silly in the next several weeks, with Alabama in the middle of some heavyweight fights. Though the Tide are currently ranked fifth in the CFB playoff picture, it’s guaranteed that the current top-three teams will change, leaving the door wide open for Alabama, which faces them.
Clearly the College Football Playoff Committee values strength of schedule, and between now and the end of the season Alabama has one of the toughest roads through the SEC. Win out, and the Tide will certainly crack the top four in the playoff bracket.
In fact, of the top four teams in the new College Football Playoff Committee bracket results for Week 11, FSU and Oregon are the ones most likely to be bumped when the season ends. Florida State’s Jameis Winston has struggled at times, and FSU hasn’t yet played well for a complete game. Oregon, meanwhile, has a chance to win out but will face a tough Arizona State team and will be basically have to win by a wide margin in every remaining game to stay in the hunt.
This weekend’s college football matchups could leave us with a very different College Football Playoff bracket by the time the Committee issues its next results.